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Sunday, July 05, 2020

Around 30 years ago, a town in Oregon retrofitted an old van, staffed it with young medics and mental health counselors and sent them out to respond to the kinds of 911 calls that wouldn't necessarily require police intervention.

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It works this way: 911 dispatchers filter calls they receive -- if they're violent or criminal, they're sent to police. If they're within CAHOOTS' purview, the van-bound staff will take the call. They prep what equipment they'll need, drive to the scene and go from there.

Per self-reported data, CAHOOTS workers responded to 24,000 calls in 2019 -- about 20% of total dispatches. About 150 of those required police backup.

If you are at all interested in police reform, this is an interesting read.

#1 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2020-07-05 05:52 AM | Reply

It's pragmatism. I just fail to understand why this isn't implemented across the board other than an entirely corrupt policing system for cash that disallows competition.

#2 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-07-05 08:13 PM | Reply

Know what else inherently causes the police to be defunded? When there isn't enough crime happening to justify their pay.

But yeah, let's say the police are the problem.

#3 | Posted by humtake at 2020-07-06 07:49 AM | Reply

Wonder how many will need to get shot before they abandon this farce?

#4 | Posted by Gtjr at 2020-07-06 09:36 AM | Reply

Less than a tenth of a percent of the calls needed police. Seems like it's doing pretty well. I know people that have mentally ill family that are terrified of calling the cops if they needed some help because the police use of force is so dangerous.

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-07-06 09:46 AM | Reply

Some City Data on Eugene: pics4.city-data.com

I can agree that they can scale down their police department in that particular city.

#6 | Posted by MSgt at 2020-07-06 04:05 PM | Reply

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